London, United Kingdom
July 7, 2001
The hotel operates a free transfer from the airport to the building, which is great if, like we did, you arrive late at night. The reception staff speak impeccable English, and the service is smooth and efficient.
Our room was well decorated and equipped, with all the lovely, if not necessary, things you get in posh hotels, such as shoe polishing kits, sewing needles, writing paper, and a trouser press. The air-con (very useful in Turkey in high summer!) was very quiet, which is good as one often has a choice with air-con between being kept awake by the heat, or being kept awake by the noise the machine makes!
Breakfast was a buffet affair near the top of the hotel, with great views over the sea and the other side of the Bosphorus. There was a good selection of bread, cheese, fish, yoghurt, and fresh fruit, as well as breakfast cereals. Tea, coffee, mineral water, and fruit juice were all offered.
The hotel has, on the top floor, a small indoor swimming pool and an outdoor terrace to sunbathe on, with amazing views. There is also a bar on this floor, and waiter service to your sun-lounger. The pool is pretty small – it’s circular and about 10 feet across, so you aren’t going to do much serious swimming, but it’s a great way to relax and cool down after a long day’s sightseeing in town, or after some sun-worship out on the balcony.
I liked this place – it was a refreshing, easy place to stay.
From journal Enchanting Istanbul